Only 35 participants can be accepted each year, and we usually impose a limit of one participant from a given laboratory per year. Successful applicants are typically graduate students, medical students, postdocs, medical residents/fellows, PhD-level research scientists, or faculty. We do not ordinarily accept individuals who have not yet entered into a PhD program (e.g., undergraduates and BA-level research assistants).  We usually receive ~150 applications per year, so we are able to offer admission to only 20-25% of applicants. We are committed to providing opportunities to individuals from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.

Our primary criterion in selecting participants is the likelihood that an individual will go on to conduct and publish important research with the ERP technique.  We therefore consider factors such as your prior publication record (relative to your career stage), your previous training, your mentor's track record of ERP research and training (when relevant), the nature of the questions you plan to address with ERPs, and whether you have easy access to an ERP recording system.  We also try to achieve a balance of basic and clinical/translational research interests, and we are committed to racial/ethnic diversity and gender equity.

The UC-Davis ERP Boot Camp provides a deep exploration of ERPs, not a superficial overview.  We therefore expect that pre-faculty participants (e.g., graduate students, postdocs) have accumulated at least 1 year of intensive experience with ERPs or related techniques prior to applying; this is a minimum, and most pre-faculty individuals who are accepted into the boot camp have substantially more ERP experience. We are more flexible about the level of experience for faculty participants.

The application consists of:

  • Online demographic information questionnaire

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • 1-2 page statement of background and interests

  • Letter of Recommendation (required for all students, postdocs, and anyone who is not an independent researcher)

 All materials should be submitted in PDF format.

Cost and Scholarship Information

Our NIH funding allows us to provide scholarships that cover most or all of the costs (including travel, housing, and a small food allowance). There is no separate application form for scholarships.  All U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who are accepted into the boot camp automatically receive scholarships. We are also able to provide scholarships for a small number of international participants. We typically accept 30-32 U.S. citizens and permanent residents, along with 3-5 international participants. 

Davis is located approximately 15 miles (24 km) west of Sacramento, and it is usually best to fly into the Sacramento airport (SMF). A shuttle bus can transport you between Davis and the Sacramento airport. The Oakland and San Francisco airports are about 80 miles (130 km) away, and it is possible (although time consuming) to reach Davis by train from these airports. There is also a shuttle bus between Davis and the San Francisco airport.

The application process typically opens around January 1, and applications are due by March 1. Please read the above instructions carefully before filling out the application. If you have questions, please contact